Course Structure

Various forms of assessment are used in University examinations: written paper, practical test, portfolio submission, take-away paper and recital.

The First Year

The first year ends with the First Public Examination, Preliminary Examination in Music (‘Prelims’).  In the first year students study three compulsory papers:- Techniques of Composition and Keyboard Skills, Analysis, and Special Topics.   They also choose two options out of Foundations in the Study of Music, Extended Essay, Introduction to Music Ethnography, Composition and Performance.


The Second and Third Years

The final year ends with the Second Public Examination, the Final Honour School in Music (‘Finals’). A candidate must be examined in eight modules, in which some are compulsory. You can tailor your degree to suit your strengths and interests in terms of topic or the way you submit your work. Up to 25% of the degree can be performance based.

In order to give you an example of what modules you could study – here is What students are studying now



College Collections

Colleges also set internal exams called ‘Collections’. These are designed to give focus to an undergraduate’s studies, to monitor progress, and to provide practice in examination technique. The forms of assessment vary from examination to examination, and from College to College. The results of the Collections do not form part of the University Examinations.